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Welcome to the Meetup page for http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk An outdoors meetup group with a difference.

Murray Wilson has over 30 years experience of hill walking, Munro bagging, hiking, trekking, scrambling, backpacking and mountaineering in the United Kingdom. Bitten by the outdoors bug as a Boy Scout, I have a real passion for the wild lands of Scotland. A member of the Mountain Training Association, qualified Mountain Leader, outdoor emergency First Aid instructor, holder of a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, NNAS accredited navigation instructor, Mountain Safety Advisor to the BBC, Duke of Edinburgh Award accredited Supervisor and Assessor, and fully insured to give you peace of mind. I specialise in long distance, self sufficient backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas of Scotland. These can be multi-day trips on recognised trails, such as the West Highland Way, the Skye Trail or a more random collection of drove roads, deerstalker tracks, coffin routes or old rights of way. I'm here to help you learn to navigate, tackle that challenging route, develop your camp craft, teach you new skills and above all, to have fun and a great day in the hills.

As this is a full-time profession, I charge a fee for provision of these services, please book your trip at my website, kingdomguides.co.uk (http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/)

Get in touch and enjoy a great day on the hill with an opportunity to learn and practise new skills and most importantly, have some fun.

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Upcoming events (5+)

NNAS Bronze navigation award

Falkland car park

Day, 1 Saturday 2nd March and Day 2, Sunday 3rd March 2019 Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX The NNAS Bronze navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge and British Orienteering. It has recently been officially accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion. Silver and Gold awards are also available. This is a twelve hour course held over two six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks. You will learn, among other disciplines, how to orientate a map using a compass, relate features from the map to the ground and vice versa, use grid references and how to plan and implement strategies. These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me. Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps. A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment. The cost of the two day, 12 hour course is £75 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/nnas-bronze-nav

The Loch Lochy Munros

Eagle Barge Inn

Saturday 23rd March 2019 meeting at 0830. A level 3 walk of about 22 km with around 1,300 metres of ascent and taking between 8 and 10 hours. The two Munros Meall na Teanga and Sron a' Choire Ghaibh are the two Munros we see rising out of the waters of Loch Lochy when driving on the A82 between Spean Bridge and Fort Augustus. They are a distance of about 4km down the loch along a forest track used by the Great Glen Way. We vear off the track and up into the bealach picking them off first to our left for Teanga then back to the bealach and up onto Choire Ghaibh before returning for the final time to the bealach and the walk out to Laggan. Given the time of year this is possibly going to be a winter mountaineering day and you will need to be prepared with crampons, ice axe, head torch and goggles, as well as appropriate clothing and adequate food\water for an extended day in the mountains. See the 'What do I need?' page from the link above for more information. Please also be aware that winter mountaineering requires a higher level of fitness than summer hillwalking. Contact me in advance of the day if you have any questions. For this ascent we will meet at 0830 at The Eagle Barge Inn, Laggan Locks, PH34 4EA which is just of the A82 at South Laggan. There is car parking nearby from where we will get into as few cars as possible for the drive to the start of the walk. Previous clients have stayed in the nearby www.greatglenhostel.com which is only a few minutes north on the A82 of the south Laggan Locks. Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact. Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/loch-lochy-munros Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 8)

NNAS Bronze navigation award

Falkland car park

Day 1, Saturday 23rd March 2019 and Day 2, Sunday 24th March 2019 Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX The NNAS Bronze navigation award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge and British Orienteering. It has recently been officially accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion. Silver and Gold awards are also available. This is a twelve hour course held over two six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks. You will learn, among other disciplines, how to orientate a map using a compass, relate features from the map to the ground and vice versa, use grid references and how to plan and implement strategies. These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me. Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps. A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment. The cost of the two day, 12 hour course is £75 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/nnas-bronze-23rd-March

NNAS Bronze navigation award

Falkland car park

Day, 1 Saturday 30th March and Day 2, Sunday 31st March 2019 Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX The NNAS Bronze navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge and British Orienteering. It has recently been officially accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion. Silver and Gold awards are also available. This is a twelve hour course held over two six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks. You will learn, among other disciplines, how to orientate a map using a compass, relate features from the map to the ground and vice versa, use grid references and how to plan and implement strategies. These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me. Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps. A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment. The cost of the two day, 12 hour course is £75 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/bronze-navigation

Past events (216)

Winter traverse of the Carn Mor Dearg arete

Ben Nevis visitor centre

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